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London Explorer

8 Days from $2,225 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Trace centuries of heritage, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, on this City Explorer vacation. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, and indulge in an English cream tea.

London Explorer also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Trace centuries of heritage, from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace, on this City Explorer vacation. Marvel at castles, cathedrals and palaces, and indulge in an English cream tea.

London Explorer also has winter departures; click here to see the Winter Season version of this tour!

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Embrace the pomp and pageantry of a city that marches to its very own vibrant cosmopolitan tune—yours to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers this evening for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your grand exploration of London.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Cumberland/Hard Rock
  2. Ease into London's energetic pace before embarking on an included half-day sightseeing tour with your Travel Director, which features Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. See the stately Changing of the Guard before your sightseeing tour finishes in central London. Spend the rest of the day enjoying a slice of London culture, or join an Optional Experience to the Tower of London to see the magnificent Crown Jewels and meet the Yeoman Warders of Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress. This evening, we enjoy a delicious meal at Heddon Street Kitchen in the heart of the West End—one of Chef Gordon Ramsay's most-celebrated London eateries.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  3. Regal traditions and ancient monuments take center stage today as we embark on a full-day excursion from London. Visit Windsor Castle, one of the Queen's elegant homes, including the superb Georgian State Apartments and St. George's Chapel. Then spend some free time for lunch in this historic market town. Our next stop sees us delve into the history of the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe—the ancient circle at Stonehenge—before returning to London.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  4. Experience to Oxford and the Cotswolds Armed with your 3-day travel pass, London truly is your oyster. Your Travel Director will give you suggestions on how to make the most of your full day at leisure. Walk through 'The City' exploring the oldest part of London—the imposing dome of Christopher Wren's St. Paul's Cathedral, Leadenhall Market's ornate façades and the Tower of London, with its grim history and extraordinary royal heritage. Pay tribute to Admiral Nelson in Trafalgar Square and wander down The Mall to Buckingham Palace, the official London residence of the UK's sovereigns since 1837. Alternatively, consider a full-day Optional Experience to the enchanting Cotswolds, visiting Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, with a stop in the university town of Oxford to admire the towering spires of cathedrals, churches and colleges. Get a real taste of the city this evening with our exclusive Eatwith Optional Experiences and consider sharing delicious traditional flavors with a local family in their home.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. Imagine the kings and queens who have glided gracefully up the 13th-century mosaic floor of Westminster Abbey. We'll have an opportunity to explore this architectural wonder on a guided visit with a Local Specialist. Find out why this church lost its cathedral status and pay your respects at the Tomb to the Unknown Soldier. Later, visit Kensington Palace and dive into culture, gaining insights into the lives of the Royal Family. Tour the Royal Palace, which was once home to Diana, Princess of Wales, and now houses the private apartments of her son Prince William and his wife Kate. Indulge in a delicious English cream tea in The Orangery surrounded by beautiful formal gardens before returning to your hotel.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Cream Tea
  6. Saunter past the buzzing stalls of Borough Market, London's most renowned food market which has been feeding locals for centuries. Dive into culture and rub shoulders with the locals who buy the best of British produce here. Spend the rest of the day visiting London's extraordinary museums, many of which are free to visit. Use your London Oyster card to traverse the length and breadth of London. Perhaps visit the British Museum, whose global treasures are symbolic of the extent of the Empire in centuries past, or the Imperial War Museum, sharing the story of modern warfare from World War I to today.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  7. Enjoy one last full day in the lively city streets of London. Consider taking a trip up the Shard—Europe's tallest building—admire England's proud history reflected in its monuments to great men and victories, or see the treasures of the British Library. This afternoon meet with your Travel Director and travel companions for a leisurely cruise down the Thames to Greenwich. Sail under the famous Tower Bridge before enjoying a Farewell Dinner at a historic pub to toast to your unforgettable week.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. After breakfast, say a fond farewell to London and newfound friends as you prepare to return home after a memorable vacation in one of the world's greatest cities. Airport Transfers to London Airports are available to purchase. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $800 per person

Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

11 meals: 7 Full Breakfasts, 1 Cream Tea, 3 Dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Dive into Culture

  • Visit Kensington Palace gaining insights into the lives of the Royal Family. Forage for the freshest food buys at Britain's most renowned food market—Borough Market

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London and a guided tour of Westminster Abbey

Local Host

  • The services of a Local Host at your London Hotel

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in London
  • Orientation of Borough Market, Greenwich
  • Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace, a choice of fantastic free museums to visit including the Imperial War Museum and the British Museum
  • View Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace
  • Scenic cruise on the Thames from the London Eye down to Greenwich
  • 3-day London Oyster Card (public transport) pass
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Reviews

Sunday, September 2, 2018
Judith Marcus
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Service rating : Yes, I will recommend again.
Vacation : Money well spent on a valuable experience.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dianne Williams
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Service rating : GET made the trip easy to book, with airfare at a good price. The trip was very well organized.
Vacation : Trafalger was excellent. The tour director, Anthony Perry, made the trip so pleasant. He is smart, energetic, patient and funny. Everything went smoothly, thanks to him. The schedule was good and varied. One negative, however, was the hotel, the Cumberland. We arrived early in the morning, and we were dead tired, but we could not check into the room until late afternoon. We did not know when a room would be ready, as the hotel could not say, but we waited in the lobby all day, as we wanted to freshen up before doing any sightseeing. The hotel kept telling us it should be soon that our room would be ready, but it was not. It was such a waste of the entire day. Our room was a disappointment and barely adequate.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : The tour guide, Tony, was exceptional. I have special dietary needs and he was over and above accommodating. He made sure whenever we had a group dinner that the restaurant was aware of my needs and that they fulfilled my requirements. He was very well informed about England's history and gave us detailed, accurate accounts/tid bits along the way. He was outstanding! The sights offered on the trip were wonderful, however, the time allotted for each visit was all too short. Perhaps less leisure time and more time spent on the important visits.
Vacation : Paying for extra lunches, dinners and one extra trip was more than I expected. The entire trip expenses ran over $500 more than the initial expense. I traveled alone, purchased no souvenirs and ate in local shops/Pubs, yet I found my "extra" expenses were far more than I anticipated. I thought the Tower of London cost was excessively expensive.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Walter & Debra Parker
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Service rating : It was the first time we did a hotel based tour and we loved it! The pacing and time devoted to each tour stop was well thought out. I wouldn’t change a thing. Our tour guide was especially knowledgeable and professional- Great sense of humor as well! His name was Tony Perry. I would recommend him and the tour to any and all of my friends. The drivers were top notch also!
Vacation : Great hotel based tour! I wouldn’t change a thing about the itenerary. Our guide was teriffic- Tony Perry! I’d highly recommend him and the tour to my friends and family! The drivers were great as well!
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Joan Middleton
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Service rating : The hotel was overrated, but the service was good. The guide was terrific!
Vacation : Terrific guide and bus driver. Hotel was tacky.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Robert Kelleher
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Service rating : Enjoyed the Tour Director and bus driver. They created a lovely tour.
Vacation : The price of the tour including the hotel was very acceptable. I did not utilize any of the optional tours that were described on the tour because I have been to London three previous times I did one of the optional tours alone (Tower of London). Had no interest in the other optional tours.
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Patricia Mcdonald
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Service rating : YES! Anthony Perry was perfect as our Travel Director...I was disappointed that the optional trip to the Cotswolds didn't go thru any of the wonderful villages and have a lunch stop in one of them,plus a little shopping time.We only saw the countryside (Lovely) Kensington Palace afternoon tea was not very special.The food was ordinary...I did enjoy the Princess Diana clothes exhibit.The 16th century pub was delightful as was the Gordon Ramsey meal at his Eatery.The special guides at the Places we visited were knowledgeable and personable.The Proper English Breakfast plus anything else you could possibly want for Breakfast was delicious.The Bus Drivers were great.I would have liked more quality Fish&Chips places than we were provided.The Seashell on Lisson Grove is top notch if you want to provide first class Fish&Chips.
Vacation : We shopped Portobello Market....Not included in trip...had the very best time there...Bought Lovely Antique "Smalls"...This should be an optional excursion,something for everyone,Only 2 underground stops from Marble Arch.Great gifts of every price are to be had at this market.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Everything was done professionally and first class. The tour director was amazing.
Vacation : London and Paris were done extremely well.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
William Simmons
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Service rating : Excellent.
Vacation : Great service and fascination tour spots.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : The airplane and hotel reservations were top-notch. The tour director was amazing, very knowledgeable and kind and caring. He found a block of tickets for a London musicial which he added on as an optional tour experience, which was tremendous. We learned a huge amount about all the sites from him, and had a whole lot of fun doing it.
Vacation : Tony is an amazing, hard-working, very knowledgable about all the sites we went to, brought a lot of fun into every day. He handled the tour very well, and brought many additional experiences into our tour. Could not have been better.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Laura Ashley
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Service rating : Tony Perry was an excellent courier, friendly and very knowledgeable. We would have preferred to stay in the Main Cumberland Hotel as the annex is not nearly as nice. We had to change rooms because the odor in ours was dreadful...cooking odors. It took them 4 hours to clean another room, after they kept saying 20 more minutes over and over. Our entrance in the morning to reception in the main building was excellent carried out by a young gentleman whose name, unfortunately I cannot remember. We arrived about 10 am on Sept. 10.
Vacation : A good mix of free time and personal time. The restaurants were grand.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Service rating : We had many wonderful adventures on this tour of GB and our tour director, Denise, was great. But the tour guide for the 1/2 day tour London just prior to leaving for the notrh was not so good as he left me even though I arrived back at the bus at the appointed time. How disconcerting.
Vacation : This tour allowed you discretionary time to participate or not in the planned activities. Our guide Tony was excellent and very very helpful when trying to find restaurants and other activities.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Linda Clayton
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Service rating : I was very happy with the trip and I would recommend Grand European to everyone. I will look to book another trip with them.
Vacation : The trip was wonderful. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're thrilled that you had a great vacation and appreciate our staff. This year we will be launching more City Explorers, and we hope to see you again soon!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Steven Layh
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Service rating : Professional, knowledgeable and couldn't be more helpful. My second trip planned and wouldn't hesitate to book again.
Vacation : Great way to spend 8 days in London. Leisurely and loaded with plenty to see.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Gay Crawford
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Service rating : The London tour was fabulous. Tony Perry the tour guide was the best. He was always there with information as well as guidance for what we wanted to do in our spare time. Rob Rainwater from GET was very helpful in setting everything up.
Vacation : London was great. The tour guide Tony Perry was fabulous. He was always available and offered excellent suggestions and guidance for our free time. I'd travel with him again. Rob Rainwater from GET was a great help in getting everything planned for us.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Stephen Bryant
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Service rating : Both guides - Tony and Jonathan 0 went beyond the call of duty. Thoroughly knowledgable and patient. The tour should NOT say "moderate" or "active" pace but "this tour is not recommended for those with canes, unable to climb many steps or walk on uneven streets or with walking problems." This caused groups to be s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d out due to the point where the host was not visibleiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Parisian Hotel (Meridien Etoile) was perfect, far better than the Cumberland in London in every way - service, ability to communicate, food, room and lobby.
Vacation : Sweat shirt and Christmas tree orgnament
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Our Travel Director, Tony Perry, was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Local Tour Guides were very good also. It was informative and fun taking in the sites of London.
Vacation : The London Explorer captured many of the main attractions of London while allowing free time to round out my trip with even more fantastic experiences.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for the wonderful feedback on our London Explorer.  
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : I was so pleased with everything that we were able to see and do during our tour. All the major highlights and more. Tony, our tour director, is a true gem!
Vacation : Great value for the money!
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : excellent leader nicely paced activities good choice of restaurants
Vacation : I don't know what you mean about "purchases"! We enjoyed our trip.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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Service rating : Professional and helpful planning. The GET rep replied promptly to any questions and helped us fine tune the trip that suited our needs. We needed to reschedule the trip for medical reasons and that went smoothly and with no hassle at all.
Vacation : The vacation in London was wonderful. All of the transportation arrangements went smoothly. Our tour director was excellent. He was personable, knowledgeable and responsive to our group. We experienced the city of London from different aspects and would love to return to see more with the same tour guide
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Everything was exactly as promised.
Vacation : London Explorer was perfect. tour guide, Tony, particularly enjoyable and knowledgable.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Everything was as advertised. No unexpected surprises. Tour Director Antony Perry was excellent, very patient, (my wife uses a wheelchair) & Tony went out of his way to insure she experienced the whole tour.
Vacation : London was great. Enjoyed everyday.
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  • U.S. citizens traveling to England must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering the country.

  • The currency in England is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in London, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in London. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the cuisine.  Restaurants around London serve specialties such as fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

  • The climate in London is temperate with regular rainfall throughout the year. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Restaurants in London often include a service charge of 12.5 percent, especially for large groups.  If service isn’t included, it’s customary to leave 10-15 percent of the bill.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend £2.50 per person/per day for your driver and £4.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 pounds per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

Optional Experiences are subject to change and seasonal availability. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip and pricing. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can only be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

London

Tower of London and St Paul's

At the Tower of London, you’ll hear the legend of the Tower and the ravens from your Local Specialist and discover the story of the kings and queens who died here. You'll also see the world-famous Crown Jewels, still in use by the monarchy today. Then we're off to St Paul's for a visit to this 1,400-year-old iconic cathedral.

Eatwith Experience

Get a real taste of London with Eatwith, the world’s leading community for authentic food experiences with locals in over 130 countries. Choose between our hand selected hosts and dine like a local with a local. Fully immerse yourself in food and culture, meet other travelers at your table, and experience the magic of social dining. Transport is not included in this optional experience.

Adult Price: €45-65

Oxford & The Cotswolds

Join us for a full-day tour of the Cotswolds. First, we'll visit Stratford-upon-Avon for an unforgettable visit to William Shakespeare's house. Then, we'll head to Oxford, where we will discover the delights of the city, with a Local Specialist, before enjoying a tour of Christ Church College.

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    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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